2013 House and Senate Reintroduce Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization (Updated 3/7/13)

On 03/07/13 President Obama signed S. 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, into law.

On 02/28/13 the House of Representatives voted down the bad House VAWA substitute bill on a vote of 257 to 166. After the substitute was defeated, the House then took up the original bipartisan Senate bill 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which quickly passed with broad bipartisan support (286 yeas to 138 nays). The bill will now head to the President’s Desk to be signed into law.

On 02/27/13 leadership in the House of Representatives introduced a substitute to the bipartisan Senate bill 47 that rolls back many of the protections for immigrant victims of violence. The substitute and original bill will be voted on tomorrow.

On 02/12/13 the Violence Against Women Act, S. 47, passed out of the Senate on a vote of 78-22 with a strong bipartisan show of support (and without the bad immigration amendments). All eyes are turning to the House of Representatives now, where VAWA stalled last year.

On 02/07/13 Senator Grassley's bad VAWA amendments (to make a third DUI conviction an aggravated felony for immigration removal purposes, to amend the crime of violence definition for immigration purposes, and to expand aggravated felonies to include all domestic violence convictions) included in his VAWA substitute package were all defeated yesterday on a vote of 65-34. (AILA Doc. No. 13020752, AILA Doc. No. 13020753, AILA Doc. No. 13020751.) The Senate will reconvene on Monday, 02/11/13, at 2:30pm (ET) to continue debate, propose amendments and vote on the final bill. Thank you to all of our members who called their Senators in support of a clean VAWA bill!

On 02/04/13 the Senate voted with an overwhelming majority (85-8) to move forward with a vote on a bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA - S. 47) that strengthens protections for all victims of sexual and domestic violence, particularly Native Americans, immigrants and LGBT survivors of violence.

On 01/22/13 H.R. 11, S. 5 and S. 47, three bills to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, were introduced by Rep. Moore (D-WI), Sen. Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Leahy (D-VT) respectively in the 2013 Congress. Both Senate bill have bi-partisan support.

Text of S. 47

Text of H.R. 11

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 13012342.